Monday, July 31, 2006
You'll be asked just 10 questions, and then it instantly tells you where you stand politically. It shows your position as a red dot on a "political map" so you'll see exactly where you score. The most interesting thing about the Quiz is that it goes beyond the Democrat, Republican, Independent. The Quiz has gotten a lot of praise. The Washington Post said it has "gained respect as a valid measure of a person's political leanings." The Fraser Institute said it's "a fast, fun, and accurate assessment of a person's overall political views." Suite University said it is the "most concise and accurate political quiz out there."http://www.theadvocates.org/quiz.html
“Life is made up of sobs, sniffles and smiles, with sniffles predominating.” (O. Henry) William Sydney Porter is one of my favorite authors. I like the irony that he often includes in his stories like, The Ransom of Red Chief. His life seemed to match today’s quote. Sniffles is an onomatopoeia word, I think. ;-) Jack
Sunday, July 30, 2006
This was said of Greg Boyd, pastor of Woodland Hills Church, Maplewood, Minnesota.
"His biggest fear is that people will think that all church is is a weekend carnival, with people liking the worship, the music, his speaking, and that's it."
Why is it that you attend (or don't attend) a worship service? I'd be interested to know your thoughts on this. ;-) Jack
Friday, July 28, 2006
“Six faults ought to be avoided by someone seeking prosperity in this world: sleep, sloth, fear, anger, laziness and prolixity.” (Unknown) How are you doing on your quest for prosperity? I wonder what the word means. Do you know? There’s a city in South Carolina named, Prosperity. You could move there if you really want to live in prosperity. I’m practicing prolixity, so I must stop. ;-) Jack
DAZ REMINDED ME OF THIS QUOTE
President Herbert Hoover did not believe that the depression would last - "Prosperity is just around the corner" is what he said to businessmen in 1932 when things were just about at their worst. Squalid cardboard campsites were created in cities to live in...called "Hoovervilles". The nick-name of the soup given out by charities for the unemployed was "Hoover stew".
FROM THE HILLTOPPER
I am appalled at the amount of prolixity that is found on the radio dial.
A THOUGHT FROM SOUTHFIELD
Heaven, for me, is finally going to be the place where each person will talk and communicate just the right amount of time and there will be complete understanding and love between people and no more fighting.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
I learned this song at summer camp long, long ago.
Tune: Battle Hymn of the Republic
It isn't any trouble Just to S-M-I-L-E It isn't any trouble Just to S-M-I-L-E So smile when you're in trouble, It will vanish like a bubble If you'll only take the trouble Just to S-M-I-L-E
It isn't any trouble Just to L-A-U-G-H (or ha-ha-ha-ha laugh) It isn't any trouble Just to L-A-U-G-H (or ha-ha-ha-ha laugh) So laugh when you're in trouble, It will vanish like a bubble If you'll only take the trouble Just to L-A-U-G-H (or ha-ha-ha-ha laugh)
FROM A CHARLIE CHAPLIN MOVIE
Smile, though your heart is breaking Smile, even though it's aching When there are clouds in the sky you'll get by If you smile through your pain and sorrow Smile, and maybe tomorrow You'll find the sun come shining through for you Light up your face with gladness Hide every trace of sadness Although a tear maybe ever so near That's the time you must keep on trying Smile, what's the use in crying You'll find that life is still worthwhile If you'll just smile That's the time you must keep on trying Smile, what's the use in crying You'll find that life is still worthwhile If you'll just smile.
“Let’s make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile.” (Mother Teresa) J. Will Callahan wrote a song, SMILES. If you know it, sing it for someone today. Practice your own smile by looking in a mirror. ;-) Jack
Friday, July 21, 2006
"God did not create hurry." (Finnish Saying) God must have missed the Michigan freeways. Maybe he compensated by creating the orange barrels in the construction zones. Sometimes he even makes some of those barrels for our lives. Be patient! ;-) Jack
Thursday, July 20, 2006
"The poor have little, Beggar none; The rich too much Enough not one." (Ben Franklin) Wouldn't it be nice if we could be satisfied will all that is ours and more concerned with those who have little or none? It reminds me of The Beatles song that has the line, "They call me a dreamer." If you can dream it, it can happen! ;-) Jack
OOPS! I was corrected. It was a John Lennon song.
FOLLOW-UP.... I read someplace that Walt Disney said: If you can dream it, you can do it.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
“Approach a goat from the back, a horse from the front, and a stupid man from no direction whatsoever.” (Yiddish Folk Saying) But, if you do meet that stupid man, “Az och un vai!” I Googled YIDDISH and learned some interesting things. Try it. BTW, I will be off-line for a week or so, but I will try to be posting Winning Words regularly on my blog. ;-) Jack
Monday, July 17, 2006
“The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” (Alvin Toffler) We’re finding that out in Michigan. He also says that society needs people who know how to be compassionate and honest. I agree with that! His book, The Third Wave, sounds like a good one. Have you read it? ;-) Jack
Friday, July 14, 2006
“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment (someone) contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.” (Antoine de Saint-Exupery) Are there any rock piles in front of you today? Look at something, some problem or someone and use your imagination. ;-) Jack
Thursday, July 13, 2006
“Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.” (Schiller) I’m not so sure that happy is the appropriate word, but we each must walk on our own path. What word might you choose? Regardless, I have great respect for those who carry their burdens with dignity. ;-) Jack
FROM PETE P. IN S.H.
I think the AA prayer goes something like "give me the strength to change what can be changed and tolerate what can not be changed and the wisdom to know the difference"
MARTHA HAD A SUGGESTION
I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances. Martha Washington (1732 - 1802)
WHICH REMINDS ME OF THE WORDS OF ST. PAUL (Posted by Jack)
"I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. I know how to be abased and how to abound and how to suffer need. I can do all through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:11 (Fred M. sent it, too.)
how about challenged? (From Jan R.)
A THOUGHT FROM T. LUNDEEN
Maybe "Content is he" ?
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
“Do not stand idly waiting, For some greater work to do;
Fortune is a lazy goddess, She will never come to you.” (Ellen Gates)
Are there things in your life that need doing? I saw an ad for a book with this interesting title: Get Tough; Get Off Your Duff!. Maybe I’ll print out the words and put them below another sign on my computer: Just Do It!. ;-) Jack
FROM JON H. IN OHIO...
I think Edison said, "Success comes to those that hustle while they wait."
Larry Winget has a book called, "Shut Up! Stop Whining, and Get a Life!
He is interesting to read. www.larrywinget.com
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
“To remain young while growing old is the highest blessing.” (German Proverb) I’ll have to remember this when they sing the birthday song for me. Do you have some suggestions for staying young during the aging process? ;-) Jack
HOW ABOUT THESE SUGGESTIONS FOR STAYING YOUNG?
Jack..Yes I do..but they are not original I'm sure..1.Stop talking so much and listen more..I mean listen..be intrested in what others are trying to tell you..2.Get involved with young people..this world needs mentoring..but don't be a know it all..3.Do something you have always wanted to..take an art class..write a book..collect your friends favorit recipies and have them printed and passed around 4.Write 2 positive letters every day..to a grandchild to a teacher or coach to a business owner or city worker telling them what a great job they are doing..5..Have bottles of cold water in thr fridge for the mail man,rubbish people,news paper boy,grass cutters down the street..watch the smiles it brings..6..Stop in a nursing home and ask the workers who hasn't had a visitor lately and go make a new friend..7..Stop looking in the mirror! Some thoughts from the coach.. (Larry B.)
AND MORE SUGGESTIONS (This time from Fred M.)
Keep reading non-fiction, daily work the puzzles, like Cryptoquip, Jumble, Crossword and Sudoku! And if you have any remaining time, exercise!
MARY L. SPENDS HER DAYS OPERATING A NURSERY SCHOOL (Her Suggestion)
pal around with the 3-5 year old crowd. they are the fountain of youth!
aging gracefully, mary
AND HE LIVED TO BE A HUNDRED
Keep moving and have a sense of humor. (My Dad thought it was a Manhattan every day and a joke)
...From Nancy G.
FROM PETE P. IN S.H.
Today for lunch a friend and I stopped at a McDonalds, The gal behind the counter who took our order was seriously older. My first thought was, isn't that too bad with our screwed up economy that a nice lady of that age needs to work at all let alone in a burger joint. Then I had second thoughts, maybe this keeps her juices flowing, keeps her dealing with young people, keeps her from sitting alone in the dark worrying. I don't know which of those thoughts come closer to reality but I stopped feeling sorry from a very nice lady.
FROM C.H. ON CAPE COD
I guess I know what is meant by this - but ---
it is very sterotypical/ prejudiced against aging isn't it?
What if I said: OK to remain young means to remain impulsive, rash, naive, inexperienced, focused on materialism, self, getting ahead...etc. I'm obviously exaggerating... I'll think about it and eventually (when I'm old) come up with a modified and better proverb!
Monday, July 10, 2006
Restaurants are supposed to be very mindful of their patrons and tend to their every need. I recently came upon one of those outstanding restaurants. Just walking in the door of Rocket Eddy’s in Keego Harbor, I was greeted by who I assume is the owner, as well as the cook, and two waitresses before I even sat down. I am talking about genuine greetings, not those preconceived, pre-packaged say hello-to-everyone- that-comes-in-no matter-what-kinds. I was promptly seated and told the specials as well as having my order taken. Less than five minutes later, my food was delivered. It was delicious, to say the least. Two loose burgers with the works, a huge amount of seasoned fries and a large pop for $5! Before long, I was out of my drink, but the busboy did not miss a beat—he came out of his chair from his break and asked if he could get me another. Immediately after, the owner came over and asked if everything was to my liking and if he could do anything else to make me happy. I felt like I was a star. I want to tell the world that this is the place to go to have the above-and-beyond service we all want and deserve from a stellar restaurant. Jennifer Winstead, Waterford Township
“Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that’s no reason not to give it.” (Agatha Christie) It’s a mystery, isn’t it? Like in most instances, timing is the key. Be alert to give help when it is called for and to receive help when it is needed. Does this sound like advice? ;-) Jack
Friday, July 07, 2006
“Money buys only what is cheap.” (Folk Wisdom of Mexico) This continues the “money” theme from yesterday. The things that are really valuable can’t be bought. It’s good that we don’t have a fence to keep out this kind of wisdom. BTW, what comes to mind when you think of things that money can’t buy? ;-) Jack
"My Dad used to say "Money can't buy happiness but it does help a little bit." (from Marcy M.)
"I'll give you all I got to give if you say you love me too I may not have a lot to give but what I got I'll give to you I don't care too much for money, money can't buy me love " (By The Beatles) Sent by Jeanne B.
SHAQ'S THOUGHTS ON MONEY
I'm tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok." Shaquille O'Neal
C. H. FROM CAPE COD WROTE: Yes. But a good cello still costs a lot of money!
Thursday, July 06, 2006
“Do what you love; the money will follow.” (Marsha Sinetar) M.S. is a popular motivational speaker who believes that we should be more creative and positive in choosing a direction for our life. The quote causes me to ask: What is money? I’m reminded of the song from Cabaret...Money, Money, Money. ;-) Jack
FROM CABARET.... Money makes the world go around The world go around The world go around Money makes the world go around It makes the world go 'round. A mark, a yen, a buck, or a pound A buck or a pound A buck or a pound Is all that makes the world go around, That clinking clanking sound Can make the world go 'round. Money money money money money money Money money money money money money Money money money money money money Money money. And then there's this line:
When you go to get a word of advice From the fat little pastor He will tell you to love evermore.
ANOTHER COMMENT ON MONEY On the hugely successful hit reality TV show The Apprentice, Donald Trump tells his contenders that location and pricing are supremely significant. But in his own life, there have been other maxims: Do whatever it takes to win. Don't spare the chutzpah. Always use the superlative. Make everything into an advertisement for yourself. Whatever happens, always claim victory. Following these personal commandments, he has turned bragging, self-inflation, and showing off into competitive advantages that have brought him national and international renown. (What do you think of The Donald?)
FROM THE BIBLE... The love of money is the root of all evils. (1 Timothy 6:10)
COMMENT FROM ED A...
How about the song from Evita?----"And the money kept rolling in " or the Fagan song from Oliver----
ROCKER SUGGESTS LOOKING AT PINK FLOYD'S "MONEY" SONG Money, its a crime. Share it fairly but don't take a slice of my pie. Money, so they say, Is the root of all evil today. But if you ask for a raise its no surprise that theyre Giving none away.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Someone has said that, if Christians really understood the full extent > of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless. In > W.W.II there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of people > who > dropped what they were doing every day at a prescribed hour for one minute > to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace. > > There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in > America. If you would like to participate: Every evening at 9:00 pm > Eastern Time (8:00 pm Central) (6:00 pm Pacific), stop whatever you are > doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, > our > > troops, our citizens, and for a return to a Godly nation.
“You will never be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life.” (James Bilkey) Appreciate the time you’ve spent in “the kitchen.” It has made you who you are today. You probably remember the Harry Truman quote that goes along with this. ;-) Jack
"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." Truman faced many challenges: desegregating the military; deciding to launch the a-bomb; the Korean War; firing MacArthur. Can you name others?
Monday, July 03, 2006
Our team’s the finest you’ve ever seen
Tra La La
You do your best boys; we’ll do the rest boys.
Fight on for old Moline.
(Moline High School Fight Song)
Sunday, July 02, 2006
WINNING WORDS 7/3/06
“My definition of a free society is a society where it’s safe to be unpopular.” (Adlai E. Stevenson – from a speech given in Detroit, 10/7/52) Fly the flag on the 4th, celebrating the four freedoms. Can you name them? They are mentioned in a speech that FDR gave to Congress, 1/6/1941. ;-) Jack
1. Your thumb is nearest you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C.S. Lewis once said, a "sweet duty."
2. The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.
3. The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God's guidance.
4. The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger; as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.
5. And lastly comes our little finger; the smallest finger of all which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, "The least shall be the greatest among you." Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
When I was growing up, there was a sporting goods store in town known as Temple's. The stuff there wasn't the cheapest, but it was of high quality. That was its reputation. Later it was owned by friends of mine, Bill and Jo. Bill sent me this quote. "The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price."
The mantra of many stores these days is PRICE, PRICE. I'm looking for quality. Do you know of a place like Temple's? Jack